Caught on tape, the debates of whether or not it’s, ethical, responsible, to allow the students to video record everything that’s happening in the classroom sessions, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…
The recent confrontation of the students with the instructors in class of Taichung’s First High School, with the students’ video recording the entire thing, and posting it online, it’d, struck up debates. As the school mediated, the instructor had agreed to apologize to her students, the events, finally, settled. But, whether if it’s legal or right, for the students to tape-record the instructor, and stream the video footages online, it’s still, a controversial debate.
Some believed, that as the altercations occurred, the bystanders or the individuals could tape record, to use the footages as proof. This may stand up legally, but, can it be applied to the relationships of teachers and students too? Other than the responsibilities of rights, ethics are, an important part of teacher-student relations. The teachers’ instructions, the encouragements, even, the reprimands, the punishments toward the students, are similar to the expectations parents hold of their own offspring. And, the students, due to this sort of an understanding, are willing to take the advices, and enjoy the learning process.
Setting up a well-rounded learning environment, is a responsibility of both students and instructors, something we should all cherish. The instructors need to keep their own emotions in check, to not get upset with the students, and, when the anger can’t be avoided, then, the instructor must be careful what was said toward the students. On the other hand, when the students get scolded by the students, the students found the instructor unreasonable, then, are they supposed to, “collect the evidence” using the cell phones? Aren’t there, any other ways? Once the cell phones are out and recording, then, the behaviors would be interpreted as hostile, and the trust broken. Even if the students fought and got their rights validated, it’d, damaged the instructor’s passions for teaching, and, what’s damaged is the students, themselves, and the states of mind in education.
The former grand justice, Sun posted some examples of prohibiting the video recording of the classroom sessions, and stated, “as the instructor lost it in time, and started going off, is this okay for the students to video record, to tape? I believe, that in respecting of the instructors, students should not have this right.” Some believed, that respecting the instructors is a belief of long ago, but I believe, that the former grand justice, Sun was stressing the preciousness of relationships of instructors and students, to NOT apply the general rules to the students-teachers relations.
Everyone can make mistakes, to the point of making them often. Everybody knows this, and so, we’d become, tolerant of one another. But, once the mistakes are captured on tape, it would be magnified easily. And, if the video recordings were posted online, then, it may be misleading, and turning the tides, or cause the trials by the public, and, the punishments are tenfold of the mistakes that were, made. With means of recording more and more convenient, but, how to NOT abuse the function of recording on our cell phones, may be a lesson we all need to, learn.
And so, this is a matter of privacy, of personal rights, and, the students may feel compelled, to tape things, because they feel that the teachers were, right, or if the instructors were, too tough, and, without the principles, this can be, easily, abused.